Started the shred today, anyone want to join me for the next 29 days?

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Alligatorpie Sun 03-Feb-13 09:45:25

That's it. Had great success in the past, starting again.

Also eating low carb.

gracelesslady Sun 03-Feb-13 10:08:32

Me too! Had no success at all last time I did it but I'm hoping that if I pay attention to what I'm eating (more protein, less crap) it might be a bit more effective.

Off to do L1D2. Will report back smile

ILoveTIFFANY Sun 03-Feb-13 18:18:58

I'm on it too

Low carbing as well as shred... I got to day 8 and then got noro.

ILoveTIFFANY Sun 03-Feb-13 18:20:29

I'm on it too

Low carbing as well as shred... I got to day 8 and then got noro.

gracelesslady Sun 03-Feb-13 19:00:07

L1D2 done smile

Alligatorpie Mon 04-Feb-13 05:51:27

Just finished Day 2 of level 1. It seemed easier today

gracelesslady Mon 04-Feb-13 19:31:15

Day 3 done! My quads are killing me grin

Alligatorpie Tue 05-Feb-13 06:56:11

My abs hurt last night and this morning, but I made it through day 3. Just.

farrowandballs Tue 05-Feb-13 21:55:14

Can I join? I just finished L1D9 - I can't quite believe it!
Is anyone else having any knee pain? My right knee is really sore especially when I do jumping jacks. I have ordered some trainers - wondering if its anything to do with being barefoot?

On the plus side I lost nearly 4lb in the 1st week! And ive dropped at least a dress size - my clothes look so much better now! So keep at it it definitely works!

I am combining shred with myfitnesspal. All this because I stopped smoking!

Alligatorpie Wed 06-Feb-13 05:15:35

Good for you, a dress size in 9 days in amazing!!!! I am feeling sluggish this morning,you have inspired me to work out!

I also have working out barefoot,but today I am going to wear trainers. I don't have knee pain,but I know it is a common side effect of this workout.

Alligatorpie Wed 06-Feb-13 05:16:24

Tiffany, I lost weight with noro.
how are you feeling now?

Alligatorpie Wed 06-Feb-13 06:26:41

Did day 4, so glad I made myself. Yes, it's better with trainers.

redhappy Wed 06-Feb-13 13:24:12

Hi, can I join?

Have made many starts on the shred, never last long so I'm hoping this might be a boost to my motivation. I did 4 days, then stopped a few days ago, so I'll start again today, and count this as day 4 grin

Alligatorpie Wed 06-Feb-13 14:52:43

How did it go redhappy? Day 5 tomorrow.

redhappy Wed 06-Feb-13 16:53:16

Done! Did it as soon as we got back from school run- dcs joined in.

Thighs feeling very tight now, and i keep tensing my stomach, imagining how it will look flat.

Half term next week will help, I can just do it in the mornings so will hopefully become part of my routine.

Have you noticed a difference yet?

farrowandballs Wed 06-Feb-13 21:07:42

Yay to shredding! Nice work everyone - I heard that if you make it past day 4 you've nailed it. I just finished L1D10!!! I can't believe it!!! And I can't believe I am this excited about moving up a level on a workout video! hehehe!

Aspiemum2 Wed 06-Feb-13 21:13:59

Count me in, I've been so crap lately at sticking to anything so hope I can be better at this!

Iggity Wed 06-Feb-13 21:18:53

Count me in. I have done level 1 or 2 in the past only a handful of times.

Alligatorpie Thu 07-Feb-13 06:41:15

Did day five today, still on L1.

I can see a difference in my face and yesterday I saw 4 people who told me I look like I have lost weight - i hadn't seen any of them in a few weeks, so I was happy with their comments.

Well done everyone!

redhappy Thu 07-Feb-13 13:33:32

Wow that must be a boost to be getting so many compliments already!

I haven't changed my eating particularly, just trying to focus on eating as many healthy, nutritious things as possible, not cutting out any rubbish yet though. I'm hoping that by filling myself with good stuff there wont be any room left for the bad. It mostly works smile.

Planning to fit mine in straight after getting dcs from school again today. It does help knowing by 7am you'd already done yours!

farrowandballs Thu 07-Feb-13 20:47:59

Fabulous so many people have noticed already! No one has said owt to me so far but I can tell and it's definitely increased my confidence already. Sadly though I'm going to have to have a day off. I'm gutted bit my knee has been in constant pain since last night. I've tried arnica and doing lots of IT band stretches but after much googling I have finally admitted to myself that it just needs a day's rest. Am hoping to be back on the shred - level 2! - tomorrow.

Alligatorpie Fri 08-Feb-13 09:29:21

Farrow - if you need to ret, do it. This is a hard core orkout, your body needs time to adjust.

Red- I always work out in the morning, otherwise I are excuses and don't do it. But I am2 hours ahead of ou and okay is our weekend(Fri / Sat) so I a bit late today.

When I got out of the shower today, I noticed my back fat is almost gone! Happy with that!

redhappy Fri 08-Feb-13 10:36:36

Alligator- Oh my god, that is amazing how quickly it's working!

I completed yesterday too. Going to do today's workout shortly. I've noticed I'm exhausted in the evenings after working out, and sleeping really well.

Once the weekend is out of the way I will start to really focus on my diet too. Having friends over for dvds and takeaway pizza later, so I'm going to make up some salad bowls this afternoon. I'll allow myself 2 slices of pizza, and fill up the rest of my plate with salads.

Farrow- let us know how you get with level 2

Alligatorpie Fri 08-Feb-13 19:21:28

Sorry about my appalling typos, it was a combination of nursing while typing on the iPad and my dh and dd waiting at the door telling me to hurry up. So embarrassing!

We went out for dinner with some friends and ended up eating Lebanese food, which is very carby. I tried to eat healthily, but it was hard. I almost had a beer when we got home, but changed my mind at the last minute. I cannot lose weight when I drink. However am trying my best to stay motivated with the exercise.

Red - how did your workout go?

Farrow - how's the knee?

Alligatorpie Sat 09-Feb-13 07:50:58

Day 7 today, and really noticed a difference with my stamina.
Feeling really good about starting and keeping it up for a week. As it takes 21 days to change a habit, i have only 14 to go.

Alligatorpie Sun 10-Feb-13 07:43:16

Day 8 today, really struggled to get through it, i almost quit several times. I hope tomorrow is easier!

redhappy Sun 10-Feb-13 10:28:35

Well done Alligator. I managed friday, but I couldn't do yesterday.

On Friday it really hurt for the first 5 minutes, really struggled to keep going, but once I got into it felt really good.

However, next day (yesterday) I really struggled with my neck/shoulders). So I took a day off, will start again today, but will also be doing my own warm ups first and I want to avoid injury.

Diet starts tomorrow! Been looking at holidays this weekend, once we've chosen somewhere that will be good motivation!

redhappy Sun 10-Feb-13 10:30:09

Oh, and my tip to avoid the boredom...Now I know the workout, I stick on my own music over the top of the dvd, and turn the tv down. Easy enough just following the screeen once you are already familiar with the workout.

Alligatorpie Mon 11-Feb-13 05:53:32

Good idea about the music. Today my 7 month alternated between singing and complaining from part two, so i didn't hear anything anyway!

Felt great this mornng, (day 9) even through the last set of crunches, which normally kill me. But i have committed to a zumba class this mornng, so will see how I feel later.

Alligatorpie Mon 11-Feb-13 05:54:03

7 month dd

laluna Mon 11-Feb-13 08:28:54

Hello! Pleased to be joining you today! Will report back later after day 1!

TiggerWearsATriteSmile Mon 11-Feb-13 08:42:39

I started this too last week!
Day7 for me I'll have to do it after lunch today. Prefer doing it in the morning but wasn't organised today.

I'm doing level 2 tomorrow.
When does everyone else change up.

Empross76 Mon 11-Feb-13 08:49:37

This all sounds great, but - what's a shred?! Would love some of what you're doing but don't know what it is!

Alligatorpie Mon 11-Feb-13 18:20:18

The 30 day shred is a workout by Jillian Michaels. There are 3 levels and each level has 3 parts of 3 minutes strength, 2 minutes cardio and one minute abs. It is really intense but it only takes half an hour and you can see results almost immediately.
Its on youtube, check it out if you want a great workout! And then join us on this thread!

Alligatorpie Mon 11-Feb-13 18:21:23

Tigger, tomorrow i will start level two also. Good luck to both of us!

FrillyMilly Mon 11-Feb-13 18:25:01

I'm day 10 of level one today too. I can't believe how much I've improved in such a short space of time. I have about a stone to lose but really I need to tone up. I've lost 2lbs and 2.5 inches. I'm nervously excited about level 2.

Alligatorpie Tue 12-Feb-13 06:34:31

Good for you Frilly! I was going to do level 2 today, but wimped out at the last minute. I did a mom and baby Zumba class yesterday and am feeling a bit sore from holding dd.

So i did level one (day 10) tomorrow, for sure i will do level two.

Laluna, how did it go?

Alligatorpie Tue 12-Feb-13 06:35:55

My yoga pants are much loser around my thighs! Feeling very good about that!

Empross76 Tue 12-Feb-13 08:45:28

Thanks Alligatorpie! Is it for toning or weight loss?

Alligatorpie Tue 12-Feb-13 09:23:34

I am definitely trying to lose weight. I want to get to a UK 10, am currently a 12-14. I have a beach holiday booked for the third week in March, so am doing everything i can to lose weight before then!

TiggerWearsATriteSmile Tue 12-Feb-13 09:25:35

Did level 2 this morning.
The change was great. Tougher though!

Good way to start the day smile

I was thinking of getting one of Davina McCalls workout DVD's just to change it up the odd day.

FrillyMilly Tue 12-Feb-13 20:57:39

I've done first day of level 2 now. It's definitely a change from level one and tough if (like me) you have poor strength but I think this is going to have even better results than level one especially on my stomach.

Aspiemum2 Tue 12-Feb-13 20:59:12

Tigger, I like Davina. Power of 3 is my favourite - good for the bum smile. Just can't find a spare hour at the moment to devote to it

Bimblepops Tue 12-Feb-13 21:31:19

Hello Shredders!
Have just finished Day 13, Level 2, using 1.5kg weights. Am also on MyFitnessPal, so trying to keep to 1200 cals per day.
First time shredding and am really enjoying it.
Not losing any weight though, which is annoying, as I'd like to lose a stone. Definite change in body shape though, am obviously converting my lard to muscle!
Am annoying all my friends on Facebook by updating daily on my Shred, as added incentive to keep going.

Alligatorpie Wed 13-Feb-13 06:01:45

Bimple - i update here for my motivation! Good for you with the 1.5 weights. I noticed level 2 had great arm workouts.

Just finished level 2, am feeling like i want to die. Way harder than level 1!

I have signed up for a mom and baby zumba class on wednesdays, so may skip my wed Jillian. I am not sure i can handle 2 intense workouts in one day.and it starts in one hour so very little time for my body to rest.

bacon Wed 13-Feb-13 14:49:45

I was just wondering how everyone gets through the exhaustion stage. I started a mix of swimming, kettlebells and a few Shreds but I find the rest of the day I'm flakey and can be exhausted. For the first week I could hardly walk or function.

Wish I could do it everyday, I need the sleep and children are early risers plus DH is out early too. I try to do the DVD when children in school but with work I struggle for time.

I need to shift 2 stone.

Dumper Thu 14-Feb-13 05:45:29

I'm on day 2 of my first ever shred. How do you know when to move up a level? I don't have the DVD, I looked it up on YouTube.

FrillyMilly Thu 14-Feb-13 06:37:04

Dumper it's ten day on each level. I do it on YouTube too.

Dumper Thu 14-Feb-13 06:42:23

Thanks frilly!

Alligatorpie Thu 14-Feb-13 07:31:36

Bacon, i felt like that yesterday after doing level 2 for the first time and then zumba. I ached and was grumpy for the rest of the day. I think it is my body telling me i did too much. Maybe take it down a level and see if you feel better.

Forced myself to do level 2 today, it is so hard. But i'm glad i did it, although i am feeling slightly guilty as dd needed a diaper change when i had 10 minutes to go. Priorities, right?

Glad you could join us dumper!

TiggerWearsATriteSmile Thu 14-Feb-13 09:01:57

Thanks Aspiemum.
I might order one of those too and give it a go.

I'd love to do a class or something but DH works long hours some weeks and its hard to get out to do something regularly. That's why I want to keep up the DVD's. Get into the habit of doing something.

Level 2 again for me today.
Have fun girls, don't phone it in now ;)

atarexia Thu 14-Feb-13 11:18:29

Can I be a late joiner? On day 2 of my first ever shred, also following MyFitnessPal 1200 calories programme. Have been doing mfp for about 3 weeks but not losing much tbh. Hoping to lose about a stone I guess and tone up! Cant really do much excercising out of the house atm (am a fair weather cyclist)!

TiggerWearsATriteSmile Thu 14-Feb-13 13:59:52

I had to drop the weights this morning when I was doing that chair squat with the 'V' arms.
Holy shit it burned!!

DD1 is worse than any personal trainer, Mom, pick those up the girls on TV still have theirs in their hands.

FrillyMilly Thu 14-Feb-13 20:23:05

Those V arms are tough! I also struggle with the one where your arms are up and you have to kick your leg up.

Aspiemum2 Thu 14-Feb-13 20:33:02

Aw tigger, how lovely it must be to have an audience!

Dumper Fri 15-Feb-13 06:06:02

Jeepers, stop giving spoilers to level 2... You're gonna give me nightmares!!

I have no weights so I use 2 cans of carnation milk! Will have to increase to jars of mayo or something!

TiggerWearsATriteSmile Fri 15-Feb-13 09:15:58

Dumper invest in weights, they're a lot easier to handle than the cans.
I did use cans for the first few times too.

I didn't do it when I got up and now I have to go do stuff, hate that. I'll be trying to catch myself up for the day now.

Alligatorpie Fri 15-Feb-13 10:00:06

Has anyone ever heard te expression "dont phone it in"

Having a rest day today. My body hurt all day yesterday and even though i had 2 glasses of wine and very small piece of cake last night and I feel like i should exercise, i couldn't do it.

I struggle with part 3, in L1, i get a surge of energy for part 3, L2, i want to lie on the floor - sorry dumper!

atarexia Fri 15-Feb-13 12:57:10

Am on day 3, was a bit easier with the cardio but I struggle with situps. My legs ache. Had 2 glasses of prosecco last night, was well deserved i thought!

Bimblepops Fri 15-Feb-13 20:26:49

Ouch, ouch, ouch!
Thought I'd move up to level 3, as at day 16 and pretty comfortable with level 2 now. But arghhhhh, had to quit after 10 mins as it felt like my c-section scar (from 4 and 2 years ago!) was ripping from the inside out.
Sodding painful!
Going to go back to level 2 and may not try level 3 again...feeling scared now...

Alligatorpie Sat 16-Feb-13 07:50:07

Bimple, that sounds awful. Level 3 is not something i am looking forward to.

I am not enjoying level 2, but will admit today (day 3) was slightly easier than the previous days. But i still ache.

However, when i did i up my belt today, i was excited to see i am now on the third notch, not the fifth!

Wereonourway Sat 16-Feb-13 19:21:52

Can I join please ladies?
I will be starting the shred tomorrow after ordering the DVD on amazon.
I've got a fair bit to lose(almost 3 st) but I have not got time for gym or classes so thought I'd try this. Along with cutting out crap and fizzy drinks.
Got a holiday to look forward to in July with a gorgeous friend and I need to at least feel comfortable in a bikini or swimming costume.
Can I really lose three stones by sticking to this as well as making changes to my diet?
I don't eat too many carbs but like big portions and drink far too much fizzy pop, I'm serious about this and want to believe I can do it but eh so much weight to lose it seems unacheivable iykwim?

Alligatorpie Sun 17-Feb-13 08:37:05

Just finished day four of L 2 and it was much easier.

There are some posters on the JM fans thread who say L3 is easier than L2, - i really hope so. Bimple, i'll let you know if it gets easier after the first 10 minutes.

Wereon - i dont know if you could lose 3 stone by summer, but it is worth a try. I drink one fizzy drink per day (max) but always diet drinks. No carbs or calories. There are lots of apps people use for counting calories if thats what you are doing. Good luck.

Wereonourway Sun 17-Feb-13 12:10:00

Thanks alligator, I'm being realistic and know I won't lose it all by then but want to make a serious start to shift it.
Most of my weight is on my tummy, it's flabby and saggy and I hate it.
My legs/bum/arms etc aren't too bad, if I could just shift tummy ill be happy

Aspiemum2 Sun 17-Feb-13 12:36:22

Try 6 week 6 pack - it's pretty ab heavy and you can actually feel the ab ache afterwards which I don't get with all videos. I also notice that swimming firms up my tummy quite quickly

Bimblepops Sun 17-Feb-13 22:08:06

alligator - thanks for that, it looked like a good workout, I was looking forward to it! Think I pulled a muscle, so going to stick with Level 2 for another week or so, then (gingerly) have another go at Level 3.

were - I'm addicted to coca cola, but have managed to limit myself to one 330ml can daily (or a 150ml can on a good day). I'm doing the 30 Day Shred, at day 17 now, combined with using My Fitness Pal, a 1200 cal diet. My body has changed loads, am down to my smallest belt notch, hips are smaller, bingo wings gone, thighs slimmer. It's great. Would seriously recommend it.

Did Day 17 of the Shred today, stayed with level 2. I need to let my abs recover for a few more days, then I have to move up to level 3, as am starting to get quite comfortable with level 2, something I never thought I'd say!

Alligatorpie Mon 18-Feb-13 06:55:31

Bimble - sorry i have writing your name wrong! But i am very impressed with your progress. Thats fantastic! I too, feel so better, and smaller. My goal is that my thighs shrink so much, they do not rub together. I know I can do it. But can i do it in 2 weeks?

Day 15, L2 today, it gets easier every time. i still mostly follow Anita, i do a few of Natalie's moves, but not many. Only 5 more days until L3.

Hi, i'm thinking of ordering shred, but got a few questions:

Do i need weights
I'm unfit and do no exercise, will i cope
Does it work
Is it hard on your joints

Thanks

Alligatorpie Tue 19-Feb-13 06:59:40

Day 16 today, feeling good! I tried Natalie's plank jacks today for the first time and it was surprising easy. I thought it looked awful, but it was a great stretch for my inner thighs.

Willow- you don't need weights to start with, some people use cans or nothing if you are really unfit. If you have a lot of weight to lose, imight start with something easier. It is. Killer workout and it's easy to get discouraged. Yes, it is hard on your joints, wear good trainers and have a mat for support.
Does it work? Yes! Have you read the thread above and the JM fan thread? Google it on Youtube and watch the success stories. JM has made herself millions of dollars selling this way of working out. Just ask any contestant on The Biggest Loser. Good luck!

monkeychambers Tue 19-Feb-13 11:28:11

After lurking for ages I am finally starting the Shred.

Day 1 yesterday....does anyone know how long you should stay at the same level. (not that I am in any rush)

Also need to buy proper weights as used some heavy candle holders yesterday, not ideal!

Anyone know the best place to get them - also what weight to start with.

Thanks.

Aspiemum2 Tue 19-Feb-13 12:02:25

Monkey, I finally started today! Better late than never though. 10 days at each level.
Found it ok but can feel it a bit in my legs

TiggerWearsATriteSmile Tue 19-Feb-13 15:06:14

I missed Sunday and Monday, completely forgot Sunday and kept putting it off yesterday.
Back to it this morning and really kicked my ass for missing the other days.
Still can't finish the chair squats with the V hand raise. Weak!!

monkeychambers Tue 19-Feb-13 20:42:28

Done second day...ache a little everywhere, especially legs....does it get easier?

Aspiemum2 Tue 19-Feb-13 20:47:19

NO!!! Mwahaha........ Ahem, yeah it gets easier - then harder, but then it gets easier but to quote JM it's when it's tough that its doing the most good or some annoying drivel like that

monkeychambers Tue 19-Feb-13 20:54:13

Thanks Aspie...must admit I posted that and thought afterwards....um no I guess it doesn't as it's not supposed to...it's just feeling achy all over all the time, is not that nice....guess I should try and just man up and think 'well if its hurting its doing good'!

Aspiemum2 Tue 19-Feb-13 21:01:18

It's so hard to stay motivated - I used to be pretty fit but had a rough pregnancy with the twins so the most exercise I got was heaving myself up to go to the toilet!
That achy feeling doesn't last though, once you get into - I used to do Davina power of 3 pre pregnancy and never got achy,

I'm 3 stone heavier now though and working out is noticeably harder and louder

catinboots Tue 19-Feb-13 21:02:33

I'm on day2 today as well!

Wereonourway Tue 19-Feb-13 21:29:45

Bugger me that was hard!
Just done day one level one and I really struggled through the cardio, particularly the jumping jacks must buy decent sports bra
I'm kind if gutted with myself for getting like this. I'm over 13 stone(nearer 14) and heavier than I was when I was pregnant. I did deliver at 34 weeks but no excuse!
I used to play netball for my county, could easily train twice a week and play 2 or 3 games without a thought. I loved it too.
I'm trying to think positively for starting and not pessimisticly with how far I have to go

Alligatorpie Wed 20-Feb-13 09:41:17

Well done to those of you that have just started. It does get easier, just keep at it.
Day off today as i went to zumba this morning. It feels good to use some different muscles.

Bimblepops Wed 20-Feb-13 15:28:36

I seem to be developing enormous power thighs! My legs were always quite muscly (even under the extra flab) and now they are getting positively huge. Still no weight loss and now I know why - it's all turning into leg muscle. My jeans are getting tighter on my legs, whilst the waist gets looser.

Can anyone recommend any DVD's that concentrate more on fat burning, than strength? I'm enjoying the super muscles, but really need to get rid of my belly!

Did day 20, level 2 this morning, moved up to 2kg weights yesterday. Sticking with level 2 til my abs heal!

Alligatorpie Thu 21-Feb-13 07:11:40

Bimble, check the JM fan thread, i am sure someone will recommend a fat burning workout for you. And congrats on the power thighs! That is pretty impressive.

Day 17 today. Dd1 was home from school so did it alongside me, i was pretty impressed with her endurance. I am getting better too.

Yesterday i noticed my jeans didnt fit. They kept falling down, and looked awful. I am not buying anymore until i am at my goal size, but i think that pair might be headed for the charity bin.

Dumper Thu 21-Feb-13 09:55:48

I'm on day 8 level 1. The aching muscles stops after a day or 2 but I missed out yesterday and my back was killing me. My body actually feels better when I'm doing the shred every day.
Still scared of L2! I'll be on it in 2 days!

I tried 1.5 litre water bottles instead of carnation milk as weights but they were too unbalanced and made me wobbley!

I also need a more scaffolding like bra!

I already have legs like a rugby player... I need something to shift the c section kangeroo pouch!

Lickitysplit Thu 21-Feb-13 13:58:32

On day three today. I am one stone over weight with a very big tummy. I am enjoying the work out. Really hoping to see resutls. I am not on a diet, just eating better, my big weakness is wine though. Can't seem to cut that out. Is it pointless if I still drink?

The Shred has landed on my doormat! It arrived sooner than i expected so now feel i should do it......

Wish me luck Shredders! wink

I'm on day 4 of level one, along with cutting carbs and generally being healthier. Have about 4 stone to lose, mainly in my stomach! Have started the shred twice before but never got past day 4, but this time feels different. It's like the determination wasn't there before, but definitely is now! However, if I don't come back to this thread would someone like to volunteer to kick my area by pm?!

Wereonourway Thu 21-Feb-13 19:44:13

Good luck mummytowillow. I got some 2k weights today to replace my tins of beans!
I'm eating better and feeling better but want to start running/jogging.
Need some decent trainers too! Cheap ones!

Wereonourway Thu 21-Feb-13 19:45:47

Fizzy- I'd love to pm you but can't?!
I've got a similar amount to lose, mostly from my tummy too. I'm on day 3 so maybe we could spur each other on?
Feel free to pm me, I'm determined this time too x

Dumper Thu 21-Feb-13 20:07:03

Lickity I drink wine also. Surely it's not pointless. I'm just making sure I don't drink too much as then I want to pig out on crisps and stuff!
No point not exercising just because we like a glass of wine. Exercising and having a wine has gotta be healthier than not exercising and still drinking the wine.

That's odd, will have to have a look at my settings, I'm more of a lurker on here usually. It would be nice to have a shred buddy! Have you noticed any difference yet? Dp says my face looks thinner, which is nice.

How's everybody finding the aches and pains? After day 1 I felt like a big ball of hurt, which went away a bit after doing day 2. Now though, I'm finding the pain more localised, today it's my thighs and shoulder blades. Oh and my bum!

Wereonourway Thu 21-Feb-13 22:08:34

I'm only on day three and due to my weight and fitness level i really struggle, I ache so it reassures me I'm actually doing something. There are times during the cardio I have to stop for five seconds, I'm hoping by the end of this week I can power through.
I feel better, I have lost weight going by scales but I'm only 5days into diet and 3 into shred. Think i feel better at the minute just for trying.
went into greggs today for a sandwich and happily ignored the donuts!
I'm sticking to 1200(ish) calories per day and have cut out all full fat coke which I drank buckets of.
I'm hoping that and the exercise will help, I know if I see a good loss at the end of the week ill be spurred on.
Ds and I go swimming on a Friday and then I'm meeting my mum and nephew for lunch so I'm saving all of my calories tomorrow for a carvery.

I struggle a fair bit too, strangely the hardest bit of the cardio I find is the skipping! Hardest of the whole thing are push ups and bicycle crunches, but I'm not sure if that's because they're right at the end or just cos they're hard.

Diet wise, do and I are cutting carbs 5 days a week. Been doing that about 2 weeks, and in total, with the shred I've lost about 6 pounds <proud>

Enjoy your carvery btw smile

Alligatorpie Fri 22-Feb-13 07:37:59

Great to see so many people starting and sticking with the shred.

Day 18 for me today, went very well.

Just finished day5 and very proud of myself as never stuck it out past day 4 before smile

Alligatorpie Sat 23-Feb-13 08:19:32

Great job fizzy!

Day 19 today. I cannot believe my results. Last night i wore a pair of jeans that I could not do up 19 days ago. I am so motivated to keep going!

Day 6 done grin I'm very impressed with how much easier I am finding it. I can even do some proper push ups now which I found impossible at the beginning. The bicycle crunches are still my nemesis though!

TheOneWithTheNameChange Sat 23-Feb-13 11:50:12

Day one for me! Legs ache already and toddler not keen on joining in!

Jumping jacks versus pelvic floor is pretty awful!

Wereonourway Sat 23-Feb-13 11:57:40

Ok so I had a carvery, even passed on the gigantic puddings AND ate half f what I would usually eat.
I also drank water as opposed to fizzy crap.
But I felt ill, I'm not sure whether I have a by of a bug or whether my stomach had changed so much in a week but I felt really sick. Its writd to think that a werk ago i would have earn twice as much and had takeaway or pizza for supper. I will never go back to that
There's no way I could have done shred last night.
I tried some push ups and crunches and felt horrendous.
I spent half the night awake think I would be sick but feel much better today.
Had lots of veg for dinner today and drank loads and my new trainers have been delivered today.
Feel crap for missing a day but I think it would have made me more ill!
I'm reminding myself that I've not had any full fat coke for a week(this is stupendously good for me, addicted didn't cover it) and I'm kind of sticking to 1200 calories which is probably a third less, at least, than I was having before
I'm going to start jogging tomorrow, it will kill me but its free! And I'm determined!

catinboots Sat 23-Feb-13 12:05:26

I just I'd day 6 too. It's much easier already!

What is everyone doing about a rest day? Are you having one?

Should I have one after the first ten days then start level 2?

Or I was thinking of having Sunday as a rest day and resuming on Monday as day 7???

Decisions decisions

catinboots Sat 23-Feb-13 12:06:03

done not I'd

Stupid ipad

wereon well done, that's good willpower! I had a Frankie and Benny's as a late lunch/early dinner yesterday, and when I got hungry again about 9 last night I stuck to mixed seeds instead of the crisps and junk that I would have had before.

I reckon your nausea could have been caused by your body changing, but it's hard to say.

cat personally I'm not going to have a break unless I feel that I really need it.

Alligatorpie Sun 24-Feb-13 05:53:16

Day 20 for me today. Level 3 starts tomorrow. I am feeling a little bit nervous.

Great to see so many people sticking to their diets, i had some chocolate covered raisins yesterday and wine, so it wasnt my best day.

Cat, i have had 2 rest days. Once i was so stiff, I couldnt face it, plus dd1 had her bday party that day and i had a million things to do. The other time, i did zumba as well and my body hurt - it needed a day off. Listen to your body, it will tell you what to do.

catinboots Sun 24-Feb-13 06:01:27

Not good advice Alli. My body really shouldn't be listened too.

It tells me to lie on the sofa, drink wine and eat crisps. At all times.

I guess I'll just keep going grin

niceupthedance Sun 24-Feb-13 08:19:13

Bit late to the party but have just discovered 30DS, on day 2.

Yesterday, I felt like throwing up half way through but today I just felt knackered, so I think I will continue and see what happens.

Alligatorpie Sun 24-Feb-13 09:05:17

Hahahaha cat!

Nice - i just came back from a toning class (and really want to die, ) but there was another woman who kept disappearing to the bathroom as she wanted to throw up. I think its pretty common if you havent exercised in a while. Keep at it, it gets easier the more you do.

Wereonourway Sun 24-Feb-13 09:50:36

Hahaha cat, my body tells me the same!
I am waiting for ds to be picked up by his dad and I'm all radh to go for a run around a local park.
And it's fecking snowing.
I'm going to the park in the hope that if I do need to spew there are trees and bushes a plenty.
I've downloaded lots of music, my trainers are on.
If I don't post again it's cos I suffered a cardiac arrest.
13.5 stone of unfit , pizza loving wereonourway is off!

Hahaha cat, my body's the same! I'm trying to find the willpower to do today's shred, I know I'll feel guilty if I don't do it, and good if I do, it's just the starting part that's hard.

Oh and good luck on your run wereon you're a braver woman than me!

Day 7 done. I found it really hard today. I think I'll give it a go tomorrow but if it's too much I'll stop, but won't be too disappointed with myself as I've never done so much regular exercise in my life.

Day one done! It was hard but i enjoyed it i think!

I'm amazed at the simplicity of it, its basic but effective and Jillian doesn't get on my nerves yet!

Did you take before photos? Think i will just to see the difference. smile

Wereonourway Sun 24-Feb-13 13:24:55

Well my "run" turned into a power walk.
The ground was thick of ice and snow so was difficult but to be honest the wee but if jogging I did was hard. It's scary how unfit I am. Managed 2 miles.
I did my first weeks weigh in, as staring 1200 cal last Sunday and shred a cpl days later and I've lost 6lb.
That's a decent start isn't it?
I missed Fridays shred due to feeling poorly so it's spurred me on to carry on.
Just making a sw chilli for lunch then will do shred this afternoon

niceupthedance Sun 24-Feb-13 13:43:38

Yes I have taken before photos - not a pretty sight, hope no one goes through my phone!

Alligatorpie Mon 25-Feb-13 07:03:45

I didnt take before pictures, but the pictures of me at Xmas (a month before i started this) are pretty horrific.

Level 3 today. Some of it was killer, but overall, it wasn't too bad. I think level 2 was worse.

Wereon - good for you not letting the snow get to you! It is supposed to be 27c here today, so I think my days for outside exercise are limited. ( not that i do much except walk)

Wereonourway Mon 25-Feb-13 08:59:06

Well done alligator, I dread level 2, it's good that you aren't finding it too difficult.
My work trousers feel looser today, which feels fab.
Week 2 of healthy living and although the cravings are creeping back in its not particularly for fatty foods or sugar it's for quick foods, convenience stuff. And I know that just laziness.

IwishIwasmoreorganised Mon 25-Feb-13 10:22:20

I've just done level one day 1.

I took a photo and some measurements before starting.

I have to say that my pelvic floor isn't as good as I thought it was blush. I really had to focus on keeping it tight during the jumping jacks blush

How achy have you all been after doing it?

I'm planning on doing about 10 days the moving onto level 2. Does that sound about right?

niceupthedance Mon 25-Feb-13 11:41:39

Well done on getting to level 3 Allogator. I wonder why level 2 is seemingly harder?

I did level 1 day 3 today, my 2yo sat on my chest whenever I did abs... Not ideal.

Alligatorpie Tue 26-Feb-13 08:09:42

Nice - At least the 2 year old added extra calorie burning!

I wish - i did 10, 10, and am doing 10 on L3 now.

Level 3 again, i am not sure why it seems easier, but it does. It also seems faster, so i actually think there is another circuit when i am done.

I am getting my summer clothes out today, that should be interesting, i was pg last spring / summer, so i will see what size i am compared to 2 years ago.

IwishIwasmoreorganised Tue 26-Feb-13 19:41:40

I'm aching today after only doing one day!

Just letting my dinner go down then I'm going to do level one for the 2nd day.

Doubt I'll be able to move in the morning!

Wereonourway Tue 26-Feb-13 20:38:44

How did the trying on of the clothes go alligator?
I must admit I'm finding it hard to focus on the DVD, and have to make myself do it on a night. Would be better doing it on a morning but with a 2yr old ds who hogs the telly watching postman pat it nigh on impossible.
The eating is going better. Still no junk. Trying to reduce portions etc.
I'm hungry at times but a glance at my flabby tum helps me to ignore or sip water rather than snack.
I also have a jogging partner in my dad, I'm sure he will push me not to stop and walk and to push through the pain hmm
Well done for staring iwish!

Hello ladies! Just finished day 2 of Level1, tis tough. And, arms and thighs aching.

Have been doing Cambridge diet for 6 weeks; thought I ought to start trying to tone up and get fit.

I have my ten-year-old shouting encouragement and telling me when I'm doing it wrong, so it's like having two PT's hmm.

If When I do it tomorrow, it will be the longest I've ever stuck at a fitness DVD. Cheers! <<glugs San Pellegrino>>

Abs not and aching. Tsk.

IwishIwasmoreorganised Tue 26-Feb-13 20:55:04

Ah, we can be shred buddies Lawrence!

Yay! Give it everything you got, I wish I was more organised. [ditto] wink.

OK Shredders i've done day three and i'm aching so much! How long will this last?

Had to force myself to do it tonight and its only day three hmm

Also how much weight have you lost since day one?

IwishIwasmoreorganised Tue 26-Feb-13 22:30:16

I'm on day 2. I used lighter weights today - I overestimated myself yesterday I think and my pecs have been very stiff and sore today!

The cardio bit is ok, but it's the abs and strengthening bits that I find tough. Lets hope it really does work and I'm fit to hit the beach in August!

I'm not going to weigh for a week at least. If I can tone up, especially around my midriff I'll be happy!

niceupthedance Wed 27-Feb-13 07:38:45

Willow - I'm doing day 5 today and today is the first day I've not woken up feeling like I've been kicked down the stairs.

I was planning a rest day today but I don't feel too bad, so going to power through!

IwishIwasmoreorganised Wed 27-Feb-13 22:16:53

Day 3 done with the lighter weights.

Didn't feel as achey this morning so will stick with them for now - I have to be able to move my arms!

Alligatorpie Thu 28-Feb-13 07:46:30

I am on day 21 and i think i have felt soreness for all 21 days. I feel like every time i get used to the workout, it changes or i add another class. But it is self inflicted pain, so i cant complain too much.

But i really see results, it is worth sticking to!

IwishIwasmoreorganised Thu 28-Feb-13 08:33:48

Where are you seeing the most change Alligator?

Alligatorpie Thu 28-Feb-13 09:45:28

Iwish - i am just smaller. My face looks way thinner, my back fat is gone, my stomach is way flatter ( but not flat yet) thighs are much smaller and bingo wings are almost gone.

I have gone from a tight 14 to a comfortable 12. Ideally i would like to be a comfortable 10 or maybe even an 8 (my pre children size - dd1 is 7 and i haven't got back there) but i am amazed I can do this much in 3 weeks!

Lickitysplit Thu 28-Feb-13 13:30:41

I am on day 7 tonight, I am getting pretty bored of doing it so it is hard to motivate myself!

IwishIwasmoreorganised Thu 28-Feb-13 18:33:52

Thanks Alligator - that's just what i wanted to hear to keep my motivation up.

If I can get a more toned, flatter tummy I'll be happy!

catinboots Thu 28-Feb-13 19:42:30

Level 2 day 1 done.

TeaCupCrazy Thu 28-Feb-13 22:01:56

Can i join in? Im on day 8. Done L2 last night but went back to L1 tonight and really enjoyed it.
Going to try doing L2 straight after L1 at the weekend as i don't feel like i get a proper workout when i don't know how to do the exercises.

IwishIwasmoreorganised Thu 28-Feb-13 22:27:43

Day 4 level one done.

We're going away soon to a place without wifi (I've been doing the programme on YouTube). What should I do if I miss a couple of days? Do I need to go back to day 1?

Alligatorpie Fri 01-Mar-13 06:33:36

Iwish - you can download from youtube to your laptop. Search google for Real downloader, and follow the instructions. Ha ha ! No excuses!

But, if you do miss a few days, i would just pick up where i left off.

Day 23 today, not too bad. my goal is to do as many rock star jumps as Natalie.

IwishIwasmoreorganised Fri 01-Mar-13 08:29:24

I use an iPad so not sure that will work. DH might let me use his work laptop though and hope they don't audit what's on there! Thanks for that.

IwishIwasmoreorganised Fri 01-Mar-13 21:49:01

Day 5 done of level 1. Feel like I'm able to push myself a bit more today and might invest in some slightly heavier weights over the weekend!

niceupthedance Sat 02-Mar-13 05:58:38

It's day 8 for me today but I'm having a rest as I'm off to schlep round London. Still feel surprisingly motivated, but will be a challenge to do every day next week due to schedule.

Alligatorpie Sat 02-Mar-13 07:49:03

Day 24 for me. I was feeling really lazy and was thinking about taking a day off. Then dd1 told me she was gong to exercise with me, so I couldnt not do it. She ended up filling in her sticker book instead...but it was the motivation I needed.

IwishIwasmoreorganised Sat 02-Mar-13 22:21:06

Level 1 day 6 done.

Off to buy weights tomorrow!

niceupthedance Sun 03-Mar-13 10:14:56

Alligator you are nearly finished! How do you feel? Are you planning any more JM workouts after?

I did day 8 this morning, had to phone it in a bit as had toddler under my feet again. Also I really didn't want to do it after the day off - no more days off for me now!

IwishIwasmoreorganised Sun 03-Mar-13 22:26:00

Level 1 day 7 done with slightly heavier weights.

Since I started doing this I've slept terribly! I'm shattered now! Thought exercise should make me sleep better not worse!

Alligatorpie Mon 04-Mar-13 07:04:56

Day 25. Took yesterday off as I did a killer toning class.

Next week I am away for 4 days (cruise up the Nile: Aswan to Luxor) then home for a day then a week at a beach resort on the Red Sea. I probably won't be doing much exercising then, so will be ready to restart with a vengence when I get back. I dont think I will continue with the shred, I find it really hard on my knees - but maybe i will do an occasional day. Does anyone have a suggestion for a follow up workout?

Mrsrobertduvall Mon 04-Mar-13 07:10:36

St this in January, after cancelling my gym membership

I physically can't do it every day as I find my ankles hurt (and I'm 52) but I do it 4 times a week plus pilates.
I really enjoy it, find level 3 easier than level 2
Have just bought the abs one, so will try that this week.

Did't need to lose weight, bit have definitely toned up.

Lickitysplit Mon 04-Mar-13 11:40:26

I did day 10 yesterday and started level 2, tough going. I weighed myself at the weekend and I am heavier then when I started??? What's that all about?

niceupthedance Mon 04-Mar-13 12:37:23

Me too Lickety - I have put on about 4lbs, hoping some of that is TOM though.

Day 9 but I started level 2 today as was up for a challenge. Uh-huh. Plank jacks - killer.

IwishIwasmoreorganised Mon 04-Mar-13 12:40:30

Level 1 day 8 done today - it felt really tough for some reason!

Licketysplit I bet you've gained some muscle through these workouts which is why you've put a bit of weight on. What about your measurements?

I was looking forward to Level 2, plank jacks sound hideous though!

I've had to stop, my back is in bits. Just below the back of my neck hurts to turn my head and look up or down?

Hope I'll be able to start again soon though sad

Alligatorpie Tue 05-Mar-13 07:26:50

Day 26 today. I ate cookies yesterday so really pushed myself. And feel better for it.

IwishIwasmoreorganised Tue 05-Mar-13 20:21:33

Day 9 done.

My dietary intake still leaves a bit to be desired so I'm not expecting much in the way of weight loss or improved measurements but I do feel a bit fitter!

Spamspamspam Tue 05-Mar-13 20:58:15

All those who are "gaining" weight please google exercise water weight gain -I just did as getting despondent about the scales and I am only on day six but there are some excellent articles explaining this. Basically your muscles are stressed and water goes to them to help heal therefore retaining water. This can weigh easily 4lb and last 1-2 weeks and is the reason a lot of people give up exercise as they think it is making them gain weight when it's not - stick with it and I am sure we will all get a better scale reading in a week or two

Alligatorpie Wed 06-Mar-13 08:33:30

Good reminder spam - thanks for that.

Day 27 today. So close to the end!

niceupthedance Wed 06-Mar-13 09:45:03

Day 10 today, had to miss yesterday. as am in assessment period at uni and just didn't have time.

Bit disheartened that I can't see any shape changes yet... Just feel a bit stronger (and weigh more!)

Spamspamspam Wed 06-Mar-13 10:41:37

nice - I am only on day 7 and although I can't see any difference my husband can - sometimes our eyes deceive us or we are looking for too much too soon! I was 1.5lb heavier today than I was yesterday and nearly 2lbs heavier than when I first started despite eating low carb, no cheating, lots of water etc. I know it's not food and is water gain which is weird as I look a lot less bloated and all my clothes are looser.

Let's stick with it! IT WILL WORK!!

niceupthedance Wed 06-Mar-13 12:49:18

Thanks Spam, I am hoping to see it through - not finding it terribly hard now so it's just finding the time.

IwishIwasmoreorganised Wed 06-Mar-13 22:17:36

Day 10 done today.

Reweighed and I have lost 0.9kg but that could just be time of day (I weighed morning last time and late afternoon today).

I'm a bit disappointed that my measurements haven't changed, but I do feel generally stronger so will stick at it.

Level 2 tomorrow!

Alligatorpie Thu 07-Mar-13 08:58:45

Good for you - iwish!

Day 28 today. Still can't do proper rock star jumps and tbh, I am not sure I ever will!

niceupthedance Thu 07-Mar-13 09:48:23

Well done Iwish. Good going.

Just done day 11 (3rd day on level 2) and my left knee is starting to twinge on certain moves. Have to have a day off tomorrow anyway due to exams but hope it doesn't get any worse.

IwishIwasmoreorganised Thu 07-Mar-13 21:09:13

Slacking today. I've had a tough, emotional day at work and my period has arrived (as heavy as always) and i just don't feel up to it, especially hitting level 2! I'll do it tomorrow.

Realistically I'm not going to get it done over the weekend, so i'm going to count Monday as day 11 and hit level 2 full on from then!

IwishIwasmoreorganised Fri 08-Mar-13 11:54:57

Cor - level 2 is tough!

UmBongo Fri 08-Mar-13 20:45:51

Hello. I have just done level one day one, my first ever shred, I would like to loose at least 2 preferably 3 stone. I have got up to week 5 on the couch to 5k before but I thought I would try this for a change for a while as I got plantar fasciatis (chuffing sore heel in English) and am worried about starting running again and being heavy and hurting myself again as dd is now crawling and I need to be able to get after her!

When do you change levels? Can I eat fruit when hungry?

Alligatorpie Sat 09-Mar-13 07:43:30

Umbongo - i wouldnt run with planter fascitiis, that sounds like my idea of hell!

Iwish - L3 is easier, keep at it.

Day 29 today! I took a day off yesterday and ate crap, so today was hard. I need to start watching my diet again, i have slipped back into some old habits.

niceupthedance Sat 09-Mar-13 12:27:07

Did level 2 day 4 today - it's getting slightly easier but the second military press after the v things kills me!

I also do bicycle crunches at the end as I don't think I'm doing the plank twist thing properly, so not much point in that.

I have got two weeks until my big reunion thing. Have adjusted my diet accordingly now too grin

Can I join? I'm on Day 5.

I've moved onto Level 2. I'm doing a wild run in 28 days time and really need to increase my fitness and strength pretty damn sharpish (there are obstacles).

But I'm wondering, is it better to be Natalie on Level 1 or the other one on Level 2? I'm not aching anywhere so I'm wondering if I'm doing it properly blush.

It's my shoulders that are my weak spot, which makes all that plank based cardio in Level 2 really hard. What weights do you all have? I have some 3 kilo ones from years ago that I can barely lift so bought myself some 1kg which are fine.

UmBongo Sat 09-Mar-13 17:43:39

Thanks Alligatorpie, it doesn't hurt any more but it did take about a month to go away so I am very wary of setting it off again. Have you had it too?

Newpencilcase - I don't have any weights so am using tins of beans! A mere 474g (how sad am I - I just weighed one!) I don't think I am going anywhere apart from the "easier" lady on level one for a bit yet though, my calf muscles have been giving me gyp today - see how tonights shred goes after I've got the kids fed and in bed.

niceupthedance Sat 09-Mar-13 19:59:11

Pencilcase, I'm just using 1kg and that seems fine for now.

UmBongo Sat 09-Mar-13 21:20:35

Day 2 done - Tick! a bit sore in the muscles as soon as I started the warm up! I will have to find some 1kg weights and put the beans back in the cupboard!

Umbongo, I had plantar fasciitis after I had DS1. Saw a podiatrist about it. It's all to do with overly tight calf muscles which put pressure on your heels.

Lots and lots of calf stretches required.

He recommended standing on step/yellow pages etc and hanging heels of the back when cleaning teeth, washing up etc.

niceupthedance Sun 10-Mar-13 10:10:52

Level 2 day 5. Really hard today. All that planking gives me heartburn hmm

Do you find it's getting easier though?

I find the squat thrusts etc really hard on my upper body so am struggling to do them without stopping.

IwishIwasmoreorganised Sun 10-Mar-13 19:30:39

I'm struggling to get time to carry on doing this consistently. I won't get chance to have a good run on it until Thursday now. I will try to do tomorrow and Wednesday, but Tuesday just isn't going to happen. I will call tomorrow day 1 of level 2 and just do it as often as I can.

Spamspamspam Sun 10-Mar-13 19:34:30

Not sure I am ready for level 2 yet? I have done 10 days on level 1 and missed today as my knees were hurting.

I originally had 40 days until my holiday, take out a day that leaves 39 days so thinking of doing 13 days at each level (I am terrified of level 2!) Will have a think on it and decide tomorrow - see how I feel smile

IwishIwasmoreorganised Sun 10-Mar-13 20:26:50

Level 2 is a lot different to level one! It felt like a big step up, but I guess if you're trying to get beach ready then the harder it is the better you'll look!

A friend has said that level 3 is her favourite - I don't know why, probably because she's 20+ days I to it so a fair bit fitter than she was at the start, but I'm hoping that it's my favourite too!

Go for it!!

niceupthedance Sun 10-Mar-13 20:31:48

Pencilcase I find the cardio is getting easier but all the planking and shoulder presses are not getting easier at all. Think I'm going to struggle right to the end of level 2!

Alligatorpie Mon 11-Mar-13 05:15:40

Day 30 today! Wohoo!I made it!
I almost didnt do it this morning, as my arms were killing me from a toning class I took yesterday, but I am going on a Nile cruise today and then have a week at the beach, so I knew if I didnt do it, I would regret it.

Not sure what I will do next, I might do it again, or maybe not. I won't be doing anything for the next 2 weeks, so have lots of time to decide.

Thanks for all the support - keep going, you can do this!

niceupthedance Mon 11-Mar-13 09:51:44

Yay congratulations Alligator! Enjoy your holiday smile

Level 2 day 6 done. Planking hell! Going to take a day off tomorrow as I'm completely exhausted.

IwishIwasmoreorganised Mon 11-Mar-13 10:48:35

Well done Allogator - have a great holiday!

I'm just psyching myself up to do level 2 again (2nd time but had the weekend off).

Lickitysplit Mon 11-Mar-13 11:21:09

I am on day 15 today, level 2. I have to skip it though as I have an aerobics class. I am finally starting to see a tiny bit of trimming up though which is encouraging.

IwishIwasmoreorganised Mon 11-Mar-13 12:53:57

Right level 2 done!

Will call today day 1 and do my best to get 10 sessions done in as close to 10 days as I can manage.

UmBongo Mon 11-Mar-13 20:51:36

Newpencilcase - thank you! I got it last year when dd was about 6mth old, so that sounds the same as you. Has it come back with you at all? Were you running?

Day 4 level 1 done. When do I move up? Do I aim slowly to do what the lady on the left does then move on?

Well I went to see a (very attractive) podiatrist armed with symptoms. He immediately asked if I'd recently had a baby. I was a little taken aback.

He said that it's very common amongst new mothers and pregnant women. We go from largely wearing heels and sitting down at work to wearing flats and walking more/pushing pushchair. This, coupled with the weight gain in pregnancy puts too much sudden pressure/stretch on the calves which can't cope and it delegates to the feet.

I was crippled getting out of bed first thing in the morning, then it would get better as I walked around.

I wasn't running at the time but haven't had any problems since. I do have very tight calves normally but have to remember to do my stretches.

I dropped back down to level 1 tonight as DH wanted to do it too but wasn't pushed nearly as hard as level 2 (although easier on the shoulders)

niceupthedance Wed 13-Mar-13 19:01:33

No shredding for me today or yesterday. I've been suffering from horrible insomnia. But I will try and get back on the case tomorrow.

How's everyone else doing?

Spamspamspam Wed 13-Mar-13 19:05:45

Niceup - I actually did day one level 2 today shock I did my 10 days of level 1 then stupidly had mothers day off which also lead into Monday and Tuesday....gave myself a kick today and was going to level 1 for a few more days but once the DVD was in the player I pressed level 2 and got on with it...urrrmm can I tell you how I am tomorrow please grin

IwishIwasmoreorganised Wed 13-Mar-13 21:57:13

Missed out today - just too tired and not enough time to squeeze it in.

Tomorrow is another day!

UmBongo Thu 14-Mar-13 13:40:28

How are you today Spam? Can you move? Type? Do level 2 again?!

Just done level 1 day 7 today and feeling pleased at having kept at it for a week. I have also lost 4lb this week through an almost total cut out of biscuits and cake and crisps and sweets.

niceupthedance Thu 14-Mar-13 17:19:50

Level 2 day 7. Longest 7 days of my life!

But... I have lost 5lbs this week so that's good smile

IwishIwasmoreorganised Thu 14-Mar-13 21:29:23

Level 2 day 3 done and I hurt - a lot!

There's too much shoulder work for my liking in level 2

Spamspamspam Thu 14-Mar-13 22:33:43

UmBongo - Surprisingly I didn't ache that much - a tiny bit across the chest and shoulders from all the planks but that's it really APART from my knees...I figure that they are not a muscle and not something to be messed with so a bit concerned about continuing too hastily. I went overboard a few years ago with exercise and buggared up my knee so badly I couldn't do anything for a month and tend to be a bit precious with it. I did do my usual 4 mile power walk and it was after that I really thought no...don't push it...

My husband did level 1 day 1 followed by an afternoon of bowling 2 weeks ago and has buggared up his knee good and proper sad so that added to my thought process (pair of old buggars emoticon needed!)

Will try again tomorrow as the head is enthusiastic....

IwishIwasmoreorganised Fri 15-Mar-13 20:12:49

Level 2 day 4 done.

Not sure how I'm going to fit it in over the weekend but I'll try.

niceupthedance Sat 16-Mar-13 12:36:50

Should have done level 2 day 8 today but the DVD went on to level 3 and I couldn't get it to go back... So I did level 3.

Tomorrow I'm going back to level 2, that's all I'm saying!

Well done to everyone hanging in there grin

UmBongo Sat 16-Mar-13 21:53:53

My knees are a bit sore too! But I have to carry on to lose the weight as I am still carrying 3st extra of my own plus however much dd weighs now (10.5 months. Otherwise my knees are never going to improve!

Level 1 day 9 done. Oh heck, that means I only have one more of that one and I have to go to level 2!

See you there Niceup :-)

IwishIwasmoreorganised Sun 17-Mar-13 10:29:17

Level 2 day 5 done. smile

niceupthedance Sun 17-Mar-13 15:36:19

Ok I did another level 3, think I'm going to stay there for the rest of the 30 days, I've got 12 left.

My legs and bum are killing me. So I know it's working!

UmBongo Mon 18-Mar-13 10:05:52

Help! I've done 10 level ones - That means tonight is level 2! I think I am ready to go up as I no longer hurt the next day!

Bet I hurt tomorrow though. I hope it doesn't get any tougher on the knees though.

Spurred on by others ahead of me! Thank you Iwish and Niceup. smile

niceupthedance Mon 18-Mar-13 10:23:40

Go for it umbongo!

11 days to go for me (just logging for motivation)

Starting to see some real difference, 2" off my waist now grin

IwishIwasmoreorganised Mon 18-Mar-13 19:16:04

Today has just been too bad to even contemplate shredding tonight.

Tomorrow can't be any worse so will get back to it once the boys are in bed.

UmBongo Mon 18-Mar-13 20:21:17

Level 2 done. What the heck is that planky jumpy jacky thingy?! shock I'll have to put my trainers on tomorrow - I kept slipping. (Which of course is the only reason I couldn't do it hmm )

Good luck for all of tomorrow - including the shred, Iwish.

IwishIwasmoreorganised Tue 19-Mar-13 20:21:10

The planky jumpy jack thing is nuts! I can only manage the beginners version!

I just have too much on my plate at the moment though. Squeezing this in every day just seems to be pushing me beyond at the moment and as there's nothing else that I can leave, the shred is going to have to take a beck seat for now.

I will do it on days when I have a bit of breathing space, it's not going to be as often as I'd planned though sad

UmBongo Tue 19-Mar-13 22:29:58

I missed today too. I had to go out this evening and didn't manage to do it while dd was napping earlier cos I was tidying this mess of a house instead.

Will HAVE to do it tomorrow. Have to have another go at attempting the PJJ thingy.

Diet going ok, very little cake and biscuits and wine only in emergencies!0 Not allowed to weigh myself until friday. I ought to measure the bulgy bits too, so I have got something else to identify progress. My belt has gone up from hole 3 to hole 4 though already so hooray for that.

niceupthedance Wed 20-Mar-13 15:17:11

Iwish, I haven't been able to do it every day, more like in fits and spurts. I think it is still ok though, just keep at it at your own pace.

10 days to go here. I am actually enjoying level three now I have worked out how to do all the exercises. My abs are still hurting though, especially in plank position!

IwishIwasmoreorganised Wed 20-Mar-13 16:10:31

Thanks nicedance.

Things have all gone a bit wrong here to be honest. DS2's behaviour is testing to say the least (think damaging property that i have to arrange to be fixed and pay for), I have made a massive mistake at work and am facing disciplinary action, DH is working away more than ever, i have loads of things that i'm supposed to be arranging and everything is just getting on top of me so I've decided to relieve the pressure a bit by letting myself opt out of the shred.

On days when I'm feeling like I'm coping I'll keep doing it, but on days where I'm feeling overwhelmed then it's going to have to take a back seat.

I like the way that I'm seeing small changes, but even those will have to wait until life gets onto more of an even keel!

UmBongo Wed 20-Mar-13 20:39:14

Sorry to hear of your troubles Iwish. I see your choice of name now! I am sure you are allowed to give yourself a break and not shred daily on top of everything else!

Go for small changes! Hooray for small changes!

I also have on hand a bar of Green and Blacks Maya Gold chocolate. I allow myself a square of that in emergencies as it is utterly scrummy and stops me eating a whole bar of something cheap.

Level 2 day 2 done.

We had a lovely chicken meal from the Hairy Dieters book this evening. Dh and ds both said it was very nice. grin

niceupthedance Fri 22-Mar-13 10:09:19

Hey umbongo are you still in?

Nine days to go for me. Pulled a muscle in my groin today - ouch!

Well my event is tomorrow - I am pretty pleased with my progress so far. Feel really strong and generally look in better shape. I am definitely a shred fan. Will continue on monday.

Have a good weekend smile

UmBongo Fri 22-Mar-13 13:55:24

Still here, missed yesterday as was out then had a birthday cake to build. Oddly didn't fancy shredding when I had finished tidying the kitchen at midnight! It did look like an explosion in an icing sugar factory!

Hope your muscle mends and doesn't spoil your weekend Niceup. Was this event the thing that started you down this shredding path? I hope you have a good one.

I have to do level 2 day 3 tonight after birthday party soft play hell

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